The Return (Hardcover)

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As Pankaj Mishra remarked in The Nation, one of the remarkable qualities of Bolano s short stories is that they can do the work of a novel. The Return contains thirteen unforgettable stories bent on returning to haunt you. Wide-ranging, suggestive, and daring, a Bolano story might concern the unexpected fate of a beautiful ex-girlfriend or a dream of meeting Enrique Lihn: his plots go anywhere and everywhere and they always surprise. Consider the title piece: a young party animal collapses in a Parisian disco and dies on the dance floor; just as his soul is departing his body, it realizes strange doings are afoot and what follows next defies the imagination (except Bolano s own). Although a few have been serialized in The New Yorker and Playboy, most of the stories of The Return have never before appeared in English, and to Bolano s many readers will be like catnip to the cats."

Product Details ISBN-10: 0811217159
ISBN-13: 9780811217156
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Pages: 199
Language: English